Agroecology Learning Exchanges in Uganda

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-07-08_Uganda_Training.jpgFive members representing La Via Campesina, attended the Agroecology Learning Exchanges in Uganda, held between 10-13 May 2016. This meeting was organized by the Agroecology Fund and Alliance for Food Sovereignty (ASFA) in Africa in Masaka, Uganda and was hosted by St Jude Family projects. 

In a series of interactions and presentations to facilitate an understanding of the different efforts by various groups to scale up agroecology, representatives of LVC spoke about the emphasis given to setting up of Agroecology schools; details about the Mali Agroecology Forum to articulate what agroecology is and what it is not; details of actions resisting industrial agriculture; efforts to defend agroecology from co-optation; details about research and publication of successful cases within LVC and many instances of successful collaboration with allies such as ETC and Grain.

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NFU sends Ag Ministers input for next agriculture policy framework

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July 4, 2016 - In advance of the annual conference of Federal, Provincial and Territorial (FPT) Agriculture Ministers to be held in Calgary, July 20-22, 2016, the National Farmers Union (NFU) sent a letter to each of the ministers with input regarding the next agriculture policy framework. In it, the NFU provides recommendations for both the Business Risk Management (BRM) programs and the Strategic Investment programs. The text of the letter is reproduced below:

The next FPT agriculture policy framework will be an important tool for shaping the future of farming in Canada. The NFU advocates for maintaining the family farm as the primary food producing unit in Canada. As a general farm organization, our membership reflects the diversity of production systems, farm sizes and farmer demographics across the country. We promote food sovereignty, which is a holistic approach that puts people, food and nature in the centre of the policy picture, and that makes democratic control of the food system its priority. Numerous surveys and opinion polls indicate that non-farming Canadians generally share these values with us and support policy that enables farmers to obtain fair returns from producing wholesome food in an environmentally friendly way. We encourage you and your fellow ministers to use the lens of food sovereignty when assessing the implications of each element being considered for the successor to Growing Forward 2.

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Small holder farmers are crucial to ensure food security and nutrition: Javier Sanchez at CFS

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-06-09_Javier.pngJavier Sanchez, from COAG/ECVC, Spain is among the speakers representing La Via Campesina at the CFS negotiations on Connecting Small Holders to Markets, being held in Rome on the 8th and 9th of June 2016. He is joined by Ramona Duminiciou from Eco Ruralis/ECVC, Roumania and Angel Strappazon from CLOC-VC, Argentina. Full text of his interventions are as follows;

Javier Sanchez, from COAG/ECVC Spain spoke on 8 June 2016:- Speaking on the proposals for the document to be endorsed by the CFS he said,

Smallholders  supply 70% of overall food production, and yet at the same time many smallholders themselves still suffer from food insecurity and malnutrition.  Smallholders engage in many interrelated markets, but also face challenges in securing market access and eliciting benefits to support healthy livelihoods. They have an essential role to play in ensuring food security and nutrition today and tomorrow.

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CAP 2020: More deregulation will not solve the problems

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Brussels, 1 June 2016

CAP 2020: More deregulation will not solve the problems... caused by deregulation and short-sighted decision-makers

Following the European agricultural ministers' informal Council meeting on 30 and 31 May in the Netherlands, the European Coordination Via Campesina1 examined the document "Food for the future - the future of food" proposed by the Dutch EU Presidency to kick-off discussions on the future of the CAP after 2020, as well as the Council's discussions.

Despite its announced openness to the food issue, ultimately, it is a very partial view of the problem that has emerged. The notion of "demand", centered on the needs of affluent consumers in terms of transparency, omits the issue of access to quality food for millions of poor people in Europe, and the health problems related to industrial food. The attention given to "production" disappointed as well, since it only concerns modernized farmers or those following that approach, as expressed in the passage on new ICTs.

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